This tropical yet functional abode answered the design brief for a home which would combine a holiday ambience with a functional everyday living environment
Cutting a striking figure into the sky, this luxury Buildcraft home is superbly modern. With its long driveway, extensive use of windows and oversized pivot front door, the grandeur is instantly visible.
Once inside, the stateliness continues. There is a large, vaulted foyer which contains a stylish glass-fronted open-tread stairway flowing upstairs, two elegant plant pots that frame the foyer, and the magnificent glass-fronted staircase which reflects the light that streams through the windows, filling the hallway with natural brightness.
In fact, the natural light is a theme that runs throughout the house and you would be hard-pressed to find a room that doesn’t make fantastic use of it. Most rooms host floor-to-ceiling glass windows or doors and all areas are “flooded with natural light, meaning there is no need for artificial lighting until it gets dark”.
Strong, deep browns feature prominently in furnishings, except for a collection of eye-catching bold red lights that were handmade in Europe and which dangle over the kitchen bench. The kitchen has been designed to suit any lifestyle. It is fully equipped with a spacious butler’s pantry and motorised cabinets. Whether you are a gourmet chef or a family quickly pulling together a last-minute meal, all the mod con appliances enable the creation of a superb feast fit for a king.
Adjacent to the dining room is the luxurious living area with its own fully equipped bar. The deep browns of the sofa and the back bar area contrast beautifully with the pale floor tiles and ornate mosaics used on the bar front. A luxurious shag-pile rug makes you feel right at home as you sit down to appreciate the state-of-the-art fireplace and the large flat-screen television.
With its own bar and resort-style facilities, the house has a relaxed holiday feel to it — which is exactly what Buildcraft was aiming for. When asked about the inspiration for the design, Buildcraft revealed that the client wanted a “tropical resort-style feel”.
The dining and living rooms run adjacent to a relaxing patio area that houses glass walls and stacker doors, allowing the house to flow freely out to the undercover deck — perfect for a barbecue or a summer meal. Buildcraft told Luxury Home Design that in order to create the resort-style experience, “the living area had to be connected to the outside through fully retracting glass doors, meaning the rooms that were previously inside now become part of the outside area”. A magnificent swimming pool runs alongside the patio, adding to the holiday feel.
The clients requested four bedrooms for the home, each with its own ensuite. These well-adorned rooms all contain joinery-made bedheads, bedside tables, dressing tables and oversized walk-in wardrobes. The ensuites are tiled from floor to ceiling and also boast expert joinery. Other elements of the brief included “a unique and grand design using traditional elements and featuring natural products”, and the inclusion of a home theatre room, a games room, an outside cooking facility, and two alfresco areas.
As with any grand design, it was important this house would be long-lasting. The clients and builders wanted to use as many natural products as possible so they could create a beautiful home that will continue to be used by future generations.
8 Craigend Place, Bella Vista NSW 2153
PO Box 3194, Rouse Hill NSW 2155
Tel (02) 8814 7701
Photography Marian Riabic/Elevate Photography